Diocese of San Joaquin
On this last day of July, I greet you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
The Standing Committee met last Friday and the Diocesan Council met this last Wednesday. At both of these meetings, I presented a request that we revisit the issue of how much time I am spending here in the Diocese of San Joaquin. As you know, after the Special Convention in March 2008, Jane and I returned home to Las Cruces, New Mexico to take care of matters concerning our retirement home. We returned to this Diocese in early April 2008. We have been resident in the diocese since that time. Both Jane and I feel it is time for a change in order for us to have more freedom to enjoy our retirement years in Las Cruces.
A number of factors have been considered in the decision. We are not getting any younger. The recent court decisions out of Fresno deemed in clear terms that I am the Episcopal Bishop on San Joaquin. I will continue to function as your bishop for the foreseeable future. The Standing committee and the Diocesan Council have now 15 months of experience in their leadership roles. We have reclaimed St. Paul’s in Modesto and moved our offices temporarily to St. Paul’s. We had a full contingent of deputies at General Convention along with many volunteers and visitors from San Joaquin. We were able to have our voices heard. Given the budget at the national church, we cannot expect funding to stay at the level that it was for 2009. We will need to look closely at every proposed expenditure for 2010, and there may be savings in the area of the Episcopate.
Here is the proposal I made to the Standing Committee and the Diocesan Council. I will return to Las Cruces on December 1, 2009, and come back to the diocese for a period of 15 days every two months. I will be available by phone and e-mail during the time I am away. Of course, I will be able to come back at any time if there is need of my physical presence. The Standing Committee and the Diocesan Council unanimously and wholeheartedly endorsed this proposal. A sub-committee of the two bodies was selected to work with me and the staff to flesh our this proposal and make a report for action at the joint meeting of the committee and the council on August 22, 2009.
I believe that this proposal is workable and that with it I can continue as the Bishop of San Joaquin. You will hear more of this plan after the August 22 meeting.
From the Diocesan office…
The Diocesan Office has telephone service! The diocesan office is settling into the new quarters in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Modesto. The address is 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355. As of this week, service is connected for the diocesan phones. The new number is 209-576-0104 and the Fax number is 209-576-0114.
Notice of Annual Convention: A notice of the fiftieth Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin scheduled for October 23-25 is posted on the diocesan Web site http://www.diosanjoaquin.org/convention/forms.html. All members of the diocese are welcome to attend this celebration of the fifty years as a diocese in San Joaquin. Please put the dates on your calendars. Please also save the date for two preconvention meetings that will be held on Sunday afternoons on August 30 and October 11. These meetings will be held at the same time in three regional locations: North for Delta and Yosemite Deaneries, Central for Fresno and Sequoia Deaneries, and South for Kern and Sierra Deaneries. The exact time and place will be announced soon.
Exhibit tables are available at the October convention: What better place to share news of your hard work than as an Exhibitor at Diocesan Convention! Applications for exhibit space are now available. If you or someone you know is interested in exhibiting at this upcoming Diocesan Convention, please contact Juanita Weber at 209-0104 or email@example.com. Ministries, commissions/committees, parishes, youth groups, etc are welcome to exhibit at convention FREE of charge. For Exhibitors who are at Convention to sell products or services to attendees, a fee of $100 (includes registration for one person) is requested. Exhibit request forms are available on the diocesan Web site. http://www.diosanjoaquin.org/convention/forms.html.
The Equality Commission wants your input: As you may recall, the Equality Commission is tasked with preparing a report to annual convention on issues relating to discrimination and marginalization in the diocese. Their report will contain recommendations on what actions we, as a diocese, can take to ensure that all persons are treated with dignity and respect, and that no one is denied full participation in the life of the church because of issues of race, ethnicity, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic status. In order to make meaningful recommendations the Commission needs to know more about who we are and what problems have existed. This survey is intended to gather that information. The survey form is available on the diocesan website: www.diosanjoaquin.org/governance/equalcomm.html. This survey is confidential and anonymous, but important for the work of the commission. Please go to the Web site, download, complete, and return. Thank you very much to those who have already submitted the survey.
Save the Date: Province 8 Clergy Women's Conference, September 28-Oct. 1 2009, Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA. There is a new website for the September conference. Registration materials are now available through this website: www.imagineprov8.org.
Commission on Ministry is forming Regional Discernment Committees: The Commission on Ministry (COM) is seeking individuals to serve on three Regional Discernment Committees. The primary purpose of each Committee is to meet with applicants seeking ordination, and discern with them God's call to serve the Church. The Committee will also provide spiritual support to the applicant.
Each Committee will meet approximately 6 times between September 2009 and March 2010, and prepare a final report to the Bishop and the COM. Training and orientation will be provided. A complete description of the role of this Committee is found in the handbook, Discerning Paths of Ministry, Appendix 7. A link to this handbook is on the front page of the diocesan website: http://www.diosanjoaquin.org. Interested individuals should contact their parish clergy, or email Valerie Leyva: firstname.lastname@example.org
Good bye from David Pina: Fr. Dave and his wife CJ recently moved from the diocese. He sends this message to all of us in San Joaquin.
“We learn,” psychologist Gordon Paul drilled into us graduate students, “by three but only three ways: By the rewards we receive, by the associations we make, and by the models we observe.” Thus Elisha received his “double portion” by watching the life and in another dimension, observing the spirit of God working in Elijah.
All of you beginning with Bishop Jerry Lamb, have demonstrated for me the “measure of Christ,” the full stature of Him Who did not pass us by (Eph 4, Mark 6). You have been models for CJ and me of how we want to live out our lives. You have quite literally given me my identity, first as deacon and then as priest. I am so full of gratitude that I overflow. May that overflow be for the sake of Christ’s kingdom, and bring credit to you all and to the Church, in “San Joaquin east”--in east Tennessee--where each of you will have a place of rest and retreat in our home, and where all of you collectively provide the model of that which we strive to become.
We’ve expressed our farewells with hugs and handshakes, with toasts and passing of the peace, but here’s a final word--a bene dictus--that works better in print than in person, by that early Episcopalian George Herbert (Colossians 3:3):
MY words and thoughts do both express this notion,
That LIFE hath with the sun a double motion.
The first IS straight, and our diurnal friend :
The other HID, and doth obliquely bend.
One life is wrapt IN flesh, and tends to earth ;
The other winds t'wards HIM whose happy birth
Taught me to live here so THAT still one eye
Should aim and shoot at that which IS on high—
Quitting with daily labour all MY pleasure,
To gain at harvest an eternal TREASURE.
(David and Cassandra Pina, 120 Wiltshire Dr, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Phone 865.685.0480. E-mail email@example.com)
Supply clergy for Summer Vacations: If you are planning to be away from your parish and you need to find a priest to supply, here is a list of clergy available in the diocese.
John Burk (retired in Monterey, but will travel)
Kathy Galicia (Sunday mornings)
Norm Van Walterop
If you have any difficulty contacting these individuals, call the diocesan office.
--Mark Hall, Canon to the Ordinary, 209-609-7044
Camp San Joaquin Day will be Saturday, August 1: You are invited to spend a pleasant day in the cool, refreshing mountains and enjoy a complimentary BBQ luncheon. The program will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the culmination of the Combined Camp’s artistic production held in the open-air chapel. A communion will immediately follow. Lunch will be provided for all those in attendance shortly after the conclusion of the service. If you plan to attend please call Camp San Joaquin at 559-565-3511 so that an approximate number of guests may be obtained. This is a fun celebration of Camp San Joaquin and the camping program. Everyone is invited to share memories of camping experiences and catch up with old friends.
Camp Noel Porter Family Camp on Labor Day Weekend: Come enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe and Camp Noel Porter with your family while enjoying a family friendly program and plenty of FREE-time on September 4 – 7. A description of the weekend is attached. The Diocese of Northern California has invited the Diocese of San Joaquin to participate in their camping program this summer. Camp Noel Porter is located one mile from Tahoe City on the beautiful west shore of LAKE TAHOE. Visit the website at www.campnoelporter.org for info about the camp. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Tammie at 530.583.3014 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
News and Notes from Congregations...
This is a section of the Friday Reflection to post reports and information about special events at your church, especially if the event will be of interest to others in the diocese. Send the information to Juanita at email@example.com.
A memorial service for Sam Ciampa, a former, long-time parishioner of St. Paul’s, Modesto and recently a member of Christ the King, Riverbank, will be held this Saturday, August 1, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s, Modesto. Following the service, there will be a reception in the parish hall to celebrate Sam’s life.
You are cordially invited to worship with us as
The Right Reverend Jerry A. Lamb
Presides at the Celebration of the New Ministry of
The Reverend Harold O. Clinehens, Jr.
The Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist
Sunday, August 9, 2009
five o’clock in the afternoon
1055 South Lower Sacramento Road
RSVP Clergy: Red Stoles
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